COVID-19 Updates from the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network

Teague Campbell

The NWCDN, in partnership with the WorkersCompensation.com Center for Education Excellence, has produced a webinar series addressing the most pressing COVID-19 concerns across the nation. The schedule of complimentary webinars and recorded replays can be found here. NWCDN members continue to monitor this pandemic and how it relates to employers and Workers’ Compensation laws in…

Unmasking the Confusion: COVID-19 – Are Employees Required to Wear Masks?

Chris Stipes, Natalia Isenberg and Jennifer Milak

In light of North Carolina entering “Phase 1” of lifting its COVID-19 restrictions, this article addresses issues involving employer requirements and employee use of facemasks, respirators, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (“PPE”). Current Guidance Here is what our government agencies are recommending. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) The EEOC released guidance that indicates an…

Employment Law: COVID-19 Question of the Week 4

Jennifer Milak and Julia Hooten

Question: When an employee returns to work after a COVID-19 diagnosis, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty? Answer: According to the EEOC’s March 2020 published guidance, yes. However, practically, as healthcare providers’ time and resources become limited, such requirements may pose real practical problems. For questions or…

Is the Force With You? Force Majeure Clauses, COVID-19 and Contracts

Brad Inman

Numerous businesses impacted by COVID-19 are searching for relief wherever they can find it. Difficult decisions are being made with respect to layoffs, lease or mortgage payments, and federal loan assistance as companies attempt to navigate the current environment. One area generating increased attention is whether a company’s contract provisions create either an obligation or…

Jail Safety During COVID-19

Patrick Scott and Brad Inman

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we, as a society, operate in our daily lives. Sheriffs and their leadership have been especially affected due to the challenges operating a detention facility presents during the pandemic. Jails around the country have attempted multiple strategies to protect the inmate population, including isolation, testing, and early release…

Significant Changes Coming for Brokers Seeking an Expungement of Customer Dispute Information

Daniel Strong

Registered representatives seeking to expunge customer dispute information from the Central Registration Depository system (“CRD”) will likely be required to pay increased FINRA filing and hearing fees in the near future.[1]  With Proposed Rule Change 2020-005, FINRA seeks to amend Part IX of the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes and the Code…